Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Gregory II, Pope

statue of Pope Saint Gregory II, date and artist unknown; church of Saint Boniface, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; photographed on 12 October 2008 by 3268zauber; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

Saint Gregory is especially remarkable for having zealously opposed the fury of the Iconoclasts, in the eighth century, who waged a bitter war against sacred symbols, ruthlessly destroying religious statues, crosses, and pictures, under the pretense of zeal for the glory of God. The authority of Leo, the Isaurian, then occupying the imperial throne of Constantinople, was exerted to uphold these fanatics in their outrages upon the holy images, dear to the veneration of the faithful. Pope Gregory therefore assembled a council in 726, which resulted in the condemnation of the Iconoclasts. The emperor became enraged, and indulged in terrible threats; but Saint Gregory calmly and bravely upheld the decrees of the council; and five years later slept tranquilly in the Lord.

As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form,
Swells from the vale, and midway leaves the storm;
Though round its breast the rolling clouds are spread,
Eternal sunshine settles on its head.
    – Oliver Goldsmith

Favorite Practice – A tender reverence for the holy images of Christ, His Mother, and His saints.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Pope Saint Gregory II”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 April 2021. Web. 19 April 2021. <>